Zara buys

Zara’s AW16 range is on form this season and I simply have to share my favourite purchases so far.

On a visit to White Rose in Leeds last week I picked up a couple of bits before starting my new job, just because I felt like I deserved a treat!

As a lover of animal print, I couldn’t resist this a line style dress.

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Dress, £29.99, Zara

The frilled shoulders and flared sleeves give it an extra girly touch whilst keeping it simple and classy, make it the perfect dress to just throw on when in a rush, or style up when you have more time.

These high heel ankle boots are another favourite. They instantly smarten up any outfit and also look chic teamed with the animal print dress.

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High heel ankle boot, £55.99

They’re also very comfy, so it’s double win!

I’m sure I’ll be heading to Zara again soon… so watch this space.

P.S. Apologies the photos aren’t the best… once my new house is sorted I will invest in a better camera!

Zara buys

Knee Highs

Since seeing this photo of Kendall Jenner I have become a little obsessed with knee high boots, but can’t quite commit to buying any.

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There’s a few reasons why…

  1. Can I pull them off?
  2. Will I look like Kendall Jenner?
  3. Or will I look like a… I’m sure you can guess what!

There’s also so many out there, it’s really hard to choose!

Do I be sensible and buy flat boots? Do I buy them for ‘going out-out’? Do I buy black or a lighter colour, which knowing me I would ruin pretty quick?!

Ah, the deliberations are endless… but I’ve managed to narrow it down to my top 3.

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These In The Style beauties are perfect for daytime and night time, and are a little bit different to a normal pair of black boots due to their tortoise shell heel. I think they’d look fabulous dressed up or down… but being me, would I be able to walk in them?

Next up are these lovely New Look light brown/greyish boots which I think would look amazing teamed with a cami dress, like Kendall.

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New Look, £44.99

I’m not sure if I personally could pull them off, but I’d like to give it a go!

Finally, I am in love with these ASOS babies, but they’re brown, and I have nothing that matches brown. OF COURSE, any reason to buy a whole new wardrobe is fine normally… but having recently bought a house, it’s not ideal.

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Asos, £65

Still though, they are rather beautiful!

Which would you buy?

Knee Highs

Happy Pamper

We all get to that point on a Sunday evening where we realise, tomorrow is Monday and there’s five wholeeeee days until weekend fun can begin again! And even though you like your job, you still wish there was one extra day in the weekend!

To help me get over the Sunday blues, I find a little pamper works wonders. I have a number of favourite products which I will share over the coming weeks, but my favourite is my Temple Spa Purification Mask.

It feels and smells heavenly.

Admittedly, it does smell a little like sea weed so it might not be everyones cup of tea, but I love it.

You only need a small amount, as it glides onto the skin and spreads evenly across your t-zone, forehead, cheeks and chin.

You only need to leave it on for half an hour before taking it off with a warm flannel. I’d recommend using a dark flannel as it could discolour a lighter one.

Once removed, your skin feels fresh, light and clean. I find I look and feel brighter the next morning, which makes applying Monday’s face a lot easier!

I’ve used the mask a few times, and still have loads less so it is definitely worth it’s £25.

Happy Pamper!

Happy Pamper

Italia

Italy is without doubt the most beautiful place I have ever visited.

We were lucky enough to spend a week in Riva Del Garda in August and I can honestly say it was the best holiday ever.

We stayed in Hotel Kristal Palace  which is not only surrounded by beautiful views, it is also beautiful inside! Clean and modern, it is also very homely and an easy place to settle in. The staff were exceptional and I could not get enough of the delicious fresh food and free prosecco every evening. If you visit Italy, you also need to try a Hugo – best cocktail ever!

Lake Garda itself is breathtaking. Riva is located on the north part of the lake and is a beautiful little town boasting beautiful views, food and gelato! Whilst there we took advantage of the water sports and went canoeing and paddle boarding, as well as the free hotel bikes which allowed us to cycle to the next town.

We were also able to catch a train to Venice, which was another highlight of the holiday. I always knew Venice was built on water, but I never realised there would be no cars. There’s really something special about it and quite unusual. The streets are beautiful with their traditional architecture, each of which surround their own square.

We visited Piazza St. Marco, which was again one of the most outstanding places I had ever been, tried local wine and enjoyed a trip to the Leonardo Da Vinci museum (which I keep calling the Leonardo Di Caprio museum by accident).

Here are just a few pics from the trip. I tried to dress chic at all times, although next to some of the Italian women I am not sure I achieved it!

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For our next adventure we will be heading to Croatia, however we will definitely visit Italy again, as there’s still so much to see!

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First home purchases

So, I recently took a huge step and bought a house with my boyfriend which has been a long, lovely, stressful, scary, daunting and tiring experience, but also worth it!

The house is also lovely, but is currently a building site as we sort out the kitchen, living room fire place and bathroom and whilst it’s all very exciting, it’s also all very expensive! But still, it is worth it!

However last week, after looking at a kitchen with no celling, a bathroom floor with a hole in and a living room with no floor for too long I decided it was time to buy some homely items, just to cheer myself up if nothing else.

I’ve seen so many beautiful home items in so many different shops from Next to The Range, but after checking my emails and finding a Sale mailer from Zara, it just had to be Zara Home!

I haven’t quite decided how I want to decorate everywhere yet, so I thought it would be best to play it safe and bought a cushion and a vase… small but satisfying for my need to home shop!

 

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My colour cushion has now sold out, but in real life it is a beautiful warm beige with a sheen. You can find similar here.

I love vases that just hold one flower, and I love silver that has a worn-ness to it, so naturally I love this vase, which is still available here.

I have nowhere to put them at the moment, as the house isn’t remotely furnished yet, but they are currently sat in my bedroom at my parents house looking beautiful! Like I said earlier… it is worth it!

 

First home purchases

Glasto 2016

Well hello there, it certainly has been a while!

With it being over a year since my last blog, I thought I’d kick off with a post about a recent adventure… Glastonbury 2016!

After visiting Glastonbury I can honestly say everyone needs to go at least once in their lifetime. It’s like no over place I’ve ever been.

There’s so much to do; you can explore the healing fields and get a massage from a hippie or try gong therapy, there’s amazing artwork dotted about the camps with deep political messages, there’s Shangri-La – a place you really need to experience to understand, so many different types of food you’re stuck for choice, and of course there’s the music!

Adele and Coldplay with Barry Gibbs stand out for me as highlights of the weekend. Both performances were so different but equally brilliant.

Adele never missed a note in every song she sang, her deep, dusky tones sounded beautiful echoing through the fields and were a stark contrast to her rich and cheeky – slightly cockney accent. Her personality really shone and as someone who never used to be an Adele fan, I am absolutely converted to a die hard, slightly stalker-ish fan!

Coldplay were equally amazing and Chris Martin’s talent is unquestionable. They captured the audience with their lively, energetic and meaningful performances of many of their hits including Hymn for the Weekend, Paradise, Fix You and Waterfall. My favourite part of the set was undoubtedly when they were joined on stage by Bee Gee legend  Barry Gibbs who sang Stayin’ Alive.

My other favourites were Disclosure and Years & Years as well as The Lumineers and Stormzy.

This year was one of the muddiest years for a while, and I can honestly say I didn’t mind and I hate mud! The atmosphere was just so light and happy that there’s no reason to worry – no mud can spoil Glastonbury!

Registrations have opened for 2017, hopefully I’ll see you there!

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Glasto 2016

Top pick: D&G Fall 2015

Yesterday whilst many of us were recovering from the night before, the fashion elite gathered in Milan to watch Dolce & Gabbana’s beautiful tribute to ‘mamma’ with their fall 2015 collection.

The catwalk featured delicate embroidery inspired by the designers children themselves, intricate lace fabrics in a colour palette of pinks, blues, whites, blacks and reds.

 

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The highlight of the show was the inclusion of pregnant models and models with their children, which truly made it a tribute to ‘mamma’.

Images: style.com

I love everything about this collection from the exquisite detail, clean shapes, delicate applique and pretty palette, and can’t wait to see it translate into AW15.

xox

Top pick: D&G Fall 2015